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07-18-2013 12:43 PM
blowinstink
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

The bahamas is a big place. The Explorer chartkits have some good comments on the better anchorages in each region. Steve Dodge, Pavlidis and others have good comments as well.

In the Abacos, the eastern harbor at Allan's-Pennsicola has been described as a hurricane hole. The eastern harbor at Man-o-War is certainly extremely well protected in all directions (the locals told me they registered 140knts there and only 1-2 boats broke their moorings).
07-18-2013 11:25 AM
DRFerron
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by ImASonOfaSailor View Post
OK since i am not a sailor in the OCEAN! What is a Hurricane Hole?
A cove or river or some place sheltered where one can secure one's boat during a hurricane or extreme weather. You don't have to be a blue water sailor to need one. Here in the Chesapeake, those who prefer not to have their boats hauled will find one to anchor in and ride out the storm on board.
07-18-2013 09:22 AM
ImASonOfaSailor
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

OK since i am not a sailor in the OCEAN! What is a Hurricane Hole?
07-18-2013 08:43 AM
Group9
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

I've cruised the Bahamas a few times. I wouldn't want to be trying to find a good hurricane hole with seven feet of draft. That's a lot. And, they don't get a lot of surge.

On the northern gulf of mexico coast, we usually get a lot of surge the day before a hurricane hits, that usually last until its gone, which allows us to get into and out of places before and after a hurricane that we couldn't get into normally.

You don't have that factor working for you down there.
07-18-2013 03:57 AM
ramonex1
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

Thanks good to have one more on the list.
07-17-2013 11:14 PM
sdwcheney
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

Grand Bahamas Yacht Club just east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
06-27-2013 02:52 PM
ramonex1
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by Vasco View Post
From the top of the Bahamas to the bottom is about 400 miles and many, many cays. There are hurricane holes, many are dependent on draft. Seven feet is a bit steep for many of them. You would get a better response if you knew your route.
Thanks Vasco
We'll be going hopefully all the way to Providenciales
06-27-2013 02:20 PM
FSMike
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
The Cruising Guide(s) to the Bahamas authored by Steve Pavlidis (a must have if you're cruising there) lists the hurricane holes that might be available on various islands. Many are also highlighted in the Explorer Charts (also a must have). You can also check ActiveCaptain.com which is an excellent reference. Unfortunately tho', your draft is going to be an issue in many otherwise potential refuges.
What he said.
06-27-2013 09:38 AM
svHyLyte
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

The Cruising Guide(s) to the Bahamas authored by Steve Pavlidis (a must have if you're cruising there) lists the hurricane holes that might be available on various islands. Many are also highlighted in the Explorer Charts (also a must have). You can also check ActiveCaptain.com which is an excellent reference. Unfortunately tho', your draft is going to be an issue in many otherwise potential refuges.
06-26-2013 04:16 PM
Vasco
Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas

From the top of the Bahamas to the bottom is about 400 miles and many, many cays. There are hurricane holes, many are dependent on draft. Seven feet is a bit steep for many of them. You would get a better response if you knew your route.
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